Kenny Chesney, the only country artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, will perform on the inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS!
Chesney, deemed “the People’s Superstar” by The Los Angeles Times, will perform his latest single, “Til It’s Gone,” before receiving the Groundbreaker Award for innovation, excellence and expanding the country music genre. The award will be presented by actor/producer/writer Vince Vaughn.
“They told me this award recognizes taking country new places and to a lot of new people,” Chesney said. “The truth is: all I did was sing songs I’d lived – and I knew people like me had lived. Show people their lives as a desirable thing, right where they are, and do a show that says, ‘We’re all here to have the best night of the summer,’ and they’re going to respond. So when I was trying to figure out what to sing, ‘Til It’s Gone’ felt right. It’s a song about being committed to the people you love, no matter what – and that’s how I feel about every single member of the No Shoes Nation.”
“Til It’s Gone” hit Billboard’s Top 5 this week. It follows “American Kids,” his Grammy Award-nominated, two-week No. 1 from “The Big Revival,” up the charts. “The Big Revival” is Chesney’s 13th Billboard Country Album Chart No. 1 debut.
“Connecting with the fans is what drives me,” Chesney explains. “Whatever we give them, they give us back double. That inspires everything we do. When I was cutting ‘Til It’s Gone,’ even though it’s a love song between two people, I always heard it as a song to the No Shoes Nation: ‘One life, one chance, one ticket to the big dance/ You and me, hanging on, right down to the last song…’ What other song would I do for an award that’s as much the fans’ as it is for me and the guys?”
The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is airing live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, December 15 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.